Meet The Team

The Founders

Sareena Shah

Hi, my name is Sareena! I’m a sophomore at Walter Payton and I live in the Lakeview area. I’ve always believed that education is the most impactful tool towards empowering our youth and creating the next generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers, and well-rounded individuals. I’ve been so fortunate to have access to resources that enable me to pursue higher education throughout my life; I hope to spread this advantage forward through this organization. By living in a city as segregated as Chicago, I am committed to interrogating the educational inequities fabricating youth systems across different communities. I hope that The Re-Write It Project enables more students to tap into the wonderful tool of education by making essential supplies more accessible. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my grandma!

Maya Jha

Hello, I’m Maya! I’m a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep, and I live in the Lakeview Area of Chicago. I’ve loved art from a very young age, with the walls in my house being my favorite canvas and my mom’s least favorite cleanup projects. I’ve been so fortunate to have always had access to the appropriate resources to pursue creative and intellectual endeavors that peak my interest. For me, founding this organization meant I gained the opportunity to help other children have a better chance in exploring outlets of their imagination and mind. I hope that our work at The Re-Write It Project can assist children in working towards fulfilling their potential, and take significant steps to combat the educational disparities in Chicago. Additionally, I play tennis competitively and love to bake and cook in my spare time!

Ana Parikh

Hello, my name is Ana! I live in Bucktown, a neighborhood in Chicago, and attend Walter Payton College Prep as a sophomore. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to have access to resources that help stem my creativity and passion for learning. Due to this I want to ensure that all children have the ability to have the adequate resources to learn and explore topics they are passionate about. From a young age I have always loved reading, and I am so thankful that I was able to have access to many books so I could pursue that passion of mine. Therefore, I want to help other children have the ability to read and enjoy letting their imagination soar. I hope that the Re-Write It Project can help allow kids to do so. Other hobbies of mine include dancing and cooking.

Raina Koshal

Hey, it's Raina! I am from the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago and attend Walter Payton. I enjoy painting and playing lacrosse. My favorite way to channel my thoughts and self express is through writing- be it reflections on current social issues or to start a conversation within my community. I am lucky to have been handed the proper tools at a young age to develop such skills. It is important to recognize that some of our Chicago youth are not being given the essential supplies and appropriate education to find their avenues of self-expression and further their education. Hence, I am excited to see the ways in which The Re-Write It Project contributes to the fight towards ending educational inequality in Chicago. I hope we can raise raise a generation that is inspired, self-sustaining, and empowers themselves through seeking discomfort.

The Team

Hi I'm Selin, I'm 15. One thing about me is that I absolutely love to read, like a lot, and I also play volleyball. I'm passionate about helping to make a difference in people, especially children's, lives so being on this team will give me a chance to be a part of that. So I'm really excited about that!

Selin Adigozal (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach

Hi, I’m Britsy and I joined the Re-Write project to be apart of helping communities around Chicago and to make sure that students get the materials necessary to learn. I enjoy learning new things in my free time and I have multiple hobbies such as drawing, sewing, and watching Netflix.

Britsy Bobadilla (she/her)


Hi! I'm Kenzie, and I go to Walter Payton. In my free time I love to play volleyball, traveling, and learning new things. I joined the Re-Write It Project to help build our community, and because I believe that everyone should have equal access to education. I am so excited to be a part of this project and I can't wait to see where we can take it!

Kenzie Cote (she/her)


Hello, I'm Sophia, a rising senior at Walter Payton College Prep. In my spare time, I really like to read, go on hikes, and play sports with friends! Educational equity is something I am very passionate about. I have first hand experience on how much of an impact an organization or project like this can have on a student, so I am very excited about the Re-Write It Project.

Sophia Iturralde (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach

Hi my name is Ishika and I am really passionate about making my community a better place. I have always enjoyed learning more about the world and different cultures through traveling and connecting with other people. Through the Re-Write It Project I am able to help kids in need and allow them to have a better school life which is important to me.

Ishika Jain (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach

Hi, my name is Avi Jerath and I currently attend Walter Payton College Prep. I play golf, chess, and volleyball, and am a leader of my school’s economics and investment team. I love studying economics, so I am delighted to be working with our Finance Team. I am really excited to be a part of the Re-Write It Project because I believe contributing to academic equality is the best way to break the cycle of inequity and poverty.

Avi Jerath (he/him)


I was interested to join the Re-Write It Project because, despite these unusual times, every child deserves a fulfilling education and I wanted to help them get there. I joined the finance team because I believe finance is a big step in effectively helping kids across the city to learn better. I have always loved to learn, read, and experiment with my creativity through painting. So many kids across the city can't do these things because of things they can't control. Knowing this makes me want to help them share my passion for learning with them.

Suhani Mittal (she/her)


Hi, my name is Ally and I am a senior at Walter Payton College Prep. Some of my current interests are running and skateboarding in Old Town, studying science, and dancing at the Joffrey Ballet. I joined the team of the Re-Write It Project because I wanted to help strengthen relationships within Chicagoan communities while providing education to students in-need. I value education greatly and am beyond eager to provide school supplies to underserved communities.

Ally Powell (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach

Hey, I'm Isabelle, a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep. A little bit about me: I am really interested in history and anthropology and in my freetime I like to play music and read. I personally believe that creating educational equity is one of the most impactful ways to help break the cycle of poverty and its impacts on socio-economic relations in this country; this is why I am thrilled to be part of the Recruitment & Outreach Team! Through the Re-Write It Project I hope we can help kids around the city learn as much as they can, no matter their background.

Isabelle Ravanas (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach

Hi everyone! My name is Zoe and I'm a sophomore at Walter Payton in Chicago. I'm so excited to help out with the Re-Write It Project because I think it's a great way to give back to my community. In my free time, I love to talk to my friends and practice volleyball!

Zoe Schnack (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach + Media + Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, I'm Saiya and I am a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep! I love playing lacrosse and also watching movies and playing boardgames with my friends and family. I joined the Re-Write it Project because it is a great initiative to boost equity around the city. I am looking forward to working in the Finance Team and efficiently helping this organization grow while also getting to collaborate with other young leaders in Chicago!

Saiya Smith (she/her)


Hi! My name is Marissa Strauss. I am currently a sophomore at Walter Payton College Prep located in downtown Chicago. I am truly passionate about helping out when people are in need. Along with The Re-Write It project, I also volunteer at AYSO VIP Soccer for kids with disabilities and Best Buddies Club at my school. I love The Re-Write It club because not only does it serve a great cause, it is also so fun to be around the other volunteers.

Marissa Strauss (she/her)


Hi! My name is Angelina Verschuur and I am a junior at Walter Payton College Prep. I joined the Re-Write it Project because I think it is a great way to give back and help kids who are less fortunate than I am. In my free time I enjoying dancing, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Angelina Verschuur (she/her)


Hi, I'm Nate. I like to go on walks with my dog and listen to music. I joined the re-write it project to help with incorporating the project and to sharpen my web design skills.

Nate von der Sitt (he/him)

Finance + Web

Hey! I’m Claire and I have always been an avid reader and loved learning new things. I joined the Re-Write it project because I want to make sure that as many kids as possible have access to equal learning opportunities and get inspired. I love making art, dancing, and have started to bake every recipe I find during quarantine!

Claire Walker (she/her)

Recruitment & Outreach

I’m Hailan and I’ve always enjoyed crafting and I want other students to enjoy the same interest and find their creative aspect in learning. I want to help students get the materials needed to enhance their learning ability. In my free time, I like to play volleyball.

Hailan Yu (she/her)